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RURAL BROADBAND TO EXPAND IN SIOUXLAND AREA

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Premier Communications of Sioux Center received a $7 million dollar federal grant Friday to expand broadband internet to rural areas of northwest Iowa and southeast South Dakota.

The announcement was made at a Sioux County family livestock farm near Hawarden by former Iowa Agriculture Secretary, and now USDA Under Secretary, Bill Northey:

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Congress allocated $600 million dollars to be invested to introduce high-speed broadband internet into rural regions.

He says so far, only a handful of companies nationwide have benefited from the rural investment:

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Northey says in order to be eligible for the U-S Department of Agriculture Rural Development grant, an investment partnership of state and local funding also had to be secured.

Premier Communications made an initial investment of $2.5 million, however a company spokesman says the actual investment when completed may be closer to $12 million dollars.

Iowa Governor Kim Reynolds also attended the ceremony.